Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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MLB Preview: Cincinnati Reds (76-72) at New York Mets (68-78)

CINCINNATI REDS NOTES:

TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS

  • Sent to Louisville on rehab assignment OF Stuart Fairchild (COVID-19). Fairchild joins on the Bats’ roster rehabbing IF Kevin Newman (left oblique strain) and LHP Alex Young (left hamstring tightness, COVID-19).

TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Is Game 1 of a 3-game series vs Jay Horwitz’ Mets and Game 4 (2-1) of a 6-game road trip that included a 2-1 series win at Det’s Comerica Park. RHP Fernando Cruz (Bayamon, PR), RHP Alexis Díaz (Humacao, PR), RHP Hunter Greene (wears #21) and 1B Joey Votto in tonight’s game will wear uniform #21 in celebration of Roberto Clemente Day. Following this series, the Reds return to Great American Ball Park for their final homestand of the championship season (3g vs Min, off day, 3g vs Pit).

SERIES NOTES

  • The Reds are 1-6-1 in their last 8 series and 7-19 in their last 26 games at Citi Field. From 7/30-8/1, 2021 the Reds went 2-1 vs NYM for their only series win here since 5/20-5/22, 2013. Beginning 9/24/13, the Reds are 17-39 vs NYM, including a 14-game losing streak from 9/7/14 – 9/7/16 that ranks as Cin’s longest ever vs
    the Mets and its longest vs any team since a 16-game skid vs Ari from 5/8/01 – 8/13/03. The Reds’ 2-1 series win in May was their first series win vs the Mets at
    Great American Ball Park since May 2018…the Mets won the previous 3 series there.

BIG ROAD MACHINE

  • The Reds are 33-18 over their last 8 road trips covering 16 road series. The Reds won 11 of their previous 16 road series, including a streak of 7 straight road series wins snapped by the Brewers in the last series before the All-Star Game break. From 5/26-7/6, the Reds won at least 7 straight road series for only the third time in their history (1923, 1976).

ROTATION

  • Rookie pitchers have made 51 starts for the Reds. The Reds started a rookie pitcher in 9 in the last 12 games, a stretch that included 2 starts as “openers” by relievers RHP Tejay Antone and RHP Derek Law RHP Lyon Richardson (4gs), who began the season at Class A Daytona, started twice. LHP Andrew Abbott (18gs), who began the season at Class AA Chattanooga, started twice. RHP Carson Spiers (2gs), who began the season at Class AA Chattanooga, started twice. LHP Brandon Williamson (20gs), who began the season at Class AAA Louisville, started Tue’s win at Det after a stint on the COVID-19 IL. RHP Connor Phillips (2gs), who began the season at Class AA Chattanooga, started twice. Richardson, Abbott, Spiers, Williamson and Phillips made their Major League debuts this season, along with fellow starter RHP Levi Stoudt (2gs), who began the season at Class AAA Louisville.

ROSTER NOTES

  • 65 players have appeared in at least 1 game for the Reds, the most of any team in the Major Leagues this season and 1 player shy of the single-season club record established in 2022. 40 pitchers, including position players C Luke Maile (4 times) and IF Jason Vosler (twice), have appeared in at least 1 game for the Reds, a new single-season club record (38 pitchers, 2022). 17 pitchers have started at least 1 game for the Reds, tying the single-season club record (2003, 2022)…17 starters are the most in the National League and tied with the Red Sox for third-most in the Major Leagues (KC & Oak, 22 starters). The Reds have 9 rookies on today’s roster. RHP Fernando Cruz, IF Elly De La Cruz, IF Christian Encarnacion-Strand, IF Noelvi Marte, IF/OF Spencer Steer, LHP Andrew Abbott, RHP Daniel Duarte, RHP Carson Spiers and LHP Brandon Williamson. Had a season-high 12 rookies on the 27-player roster for the 8/23 day/night doubleheader at LAA. 16 Reds players made their Major League debuts this season, the most of any team in the majors…listed below in the order in which they debuted: RHP Casey Legumina, RHP Levi Stoudt, IF Matt McLain, LHP Brandon Williamson, RHP Eduardo Salazar, OF TJ Hopkins, LHP Andrew Abbott, IF Elly De La Cruz, RHP Ricky Karcher, RHP Randy Wynne, RHP Jake Wong, IF Christian Encarnacion-Strand, RHP Lyon Richardson, IF Noelvi Marte, RHP Carson Spiers, RHP Connor Phillips. 23 rookies played in at least 1 game for the Reds, the most of any team in the Major Leagues and tied for fourth-most in club history (26 in 1909, 25 in 2016, 24 in 1914 & 2017, 23 in 2022)…courtesy @EliasSports.

LET THE KIDS PLAY

  • With 55 HR the Reds have estblished a new franchise record for home runs in a season by rookies (Spencer Steer 21,
    Matt McLain 16, Elly De La Cruz 11, Christian Encarnacion-Strand 6, Noelvi Marte 1)…the 2008 team recorded 54
    home runs by rookies (Joey Votto 24, Jay Bruce 21, Chris Dickerson 6, Ryan Hanigan 2, Paul Janish 1).
  • The Reds are the first team in Major League history with 3 rookies, in a single season, with at least 10 HR & 10 stolen
    bases each (Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Spencer Steer).
  • For the first time since 1890, when Cincinnati joined the National League, 3 Reds rookies have produced at least 10
    HR…courtesy @EliasSports.

Tonight’s Pitcher – #21 Hunter Greene, RHP

  • Tonight is making his second start since a 9-day stint on the COVID-19 injured list (9/1-9/9). Was confirmed with COVID-19 following his start on 8/30…remained isolated in San Francisco for 5 days before returning to Cincinnati on 9/5…came off the COVID-19 injured list just prior to Sun’s start vs StL. In Sun’s 7-1 win vs StL recorded his seventh career start of at least 6.0 innings while allowing 2 hits or fewer…4 Reds pitchers held the Cardinals to 1 hit, an RBI-single off Greene by Andrew Knizner in the fourth inning. His 7 starts of at least 6.0 innings and no more than 2 hits allowed are the most by a Reds pitcher in his first 42 career starts. Has made 4 starts since a 62-day stint on the injured list because of right hip pain (6/19-8/19). In those 4 starts went 2-2, 6.50 (18ip, 19h, 16r, 13er, 13bb, 23k, 5hr, .253baa). Missed a start on 6/6 vs LAD because of stiffness in his right hip…after he skipped that start went 1-0, 3.97 in 2 more apps before he went on the IL on 6/19. In his last 5 starts before the injury went 2-1, 2.97 (30.1ip, 17h, 10er, 14bb, 41k, .163baa). From 8/1-8/15 made 4 rehabilitation starts for the ACL Reds (1gs, 2ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 3k) and Louisville (3gs, 12ip, 6h, 5r, 4er, 7bb, 12k, 2hr). Has been charged with a team-high 4 pitch timer violations, most recently on 5/10 vs NYM (Pete Alonso walked). In the third inning on 6/1 at Bos recorded his 250th career strikeout (Connor Wong)…became the fourth-fastest pitcher to reach that milestone by innings pitched (184.0; Spencer Strider 158.1, Corbin Burnes 176.0, Kerry Wood 183.0). In the bottom of the fourth inning of that 8-2 loss on 6/1 at Fenway Park, Rafael Devers led off with a double that snapped Greene’s hitless innings streak at 9.0 (18 strikeouts) covering 2 starts. Finished that start vs the Red Sox just 2 strikeouts shy of his third consecutive game with at least 10 strikeouts…no Reds pitcher, since the mound was moved to its current distance in 1893, ever has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in 3 consecutive apps…courtesy @EliasSports. In his first 36 career apps produced 6 starts of at least 6.0 innings with 2 hits or fewer, the most ever by a Reds pitcher in that few starts

NEW YORK METS NOTES:

METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets defeated the Snakes, 11-1, yesterday…The Mets have won three straight games and four of their last five…New York is in a stretch of 17 straight games without an off-day (4-3)…The Mets continue their penultimate homestand (3-1), a seven-game stand against Arizona (3-1) and Cincinnati (three games)…Following this series the Mets head out on their final road trip of the year, a seven-game trip to Miami (three games) and Philadelphia (four games).

SUGAR, SUGAR: The Latino Sports Writers & Broadcasters Association and Major League Baseball are proud to present Edwin Díaz with his 2022 National League Latino MVP Closer of the Year Award. Diaz was an All-Star last year and led relievers in strikeouts…He had 32 saves and posted a 1.31 ERA…Presenting the award are Artist Maz Adams & Julio Pabón, President of Latino Sports. DANCING IN SEPTEMBER: In 12 games this month, the Mets have posted a .262/.333/.498 slashline with 23 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs, 63 RBI and an .831 OPS…The Mets are 7-5 in September and have outscored their opponents 64-43.

EL JEFF-E: In 41 games since the start of August, Jeff McNeil is batting .299 (49- 164) with 26 runs, six doubles, one triple, six home runs, 18 RBI, six walks with four steals, a .337 OBP and a .457 SLG…He has homered twice in his last four games.

SENGA GENESIS: Kodai Senga has recorded 191 strikeouts…That is the second-most strikeouts by a rookie in franchise history…He is 10-7 with a 2.95 ERA (51 ER/155.1 IP) with 72 walks and 191 strikeouts in 27 starts this season…His 2.95 ERA ranks fourth in the majors and third in the National League…His 191 strikeouts are the seventh-most in the NL…With nine more strikeouts, he would become the 13th pitcher in franchise history to record 200 or more strikeouts in a season…Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were the last pitchers to do so…Tom Seaver owns the franchise record with nine such seasons.

WE FOUND NIMMO: Brandon Nimmo is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .346 (9-26) with four runs, three doubles, one triple, one home runs, three RBI, with a .393 OBP and a .654 SLG…He has socked a career-best 23 home runs this season…Nimmo has recorded 60 RBI in 2023…His career-best is 64, which he recorded in 2022…Nimmo is slashing .333/.382/.706 with 10 extra-base his and six RBI in 12 games in September.

HOME, SWEET HOME: The Mets are in the midst of their penultimate homestand of the season…The Mets are 38-34 at Citi Field in 2023…This compares to a 30-44 record on the road.

GOT TO GO TO MO’S: Ronny Mauricio has safely hit in eight of his first 10 career games…He is batting .306 (11-36) with two runs, two doubles, one home run, five RBI, two walks and four steals in his first 10 career games…He is one of five players in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first five career major league games.

STEAL THIS ALBUM: The Mets lead the major leagues with a 89.8% success rate in stolen bases this season…The team has stolen 106 bases out of 118 attempts…It’s the highest success rate in franchise history…The previous high was 82.3% which was accomplished in 2004.

DINGERS!: The Mets have socked 195 home runs this season…That is tied for the fourth-most in the National League…The 2022 Mets hit 171 home runs…The team’s 195 home runs are the sixth-most in a single season in franchise history…Next up is the 2000 team, which hit 198 in the season…Four teams in franchise history have cracked 200+ home runs in a single year 2019 (242), 2017 (224), 2016 (218) snd 2006 (200).

REDS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 24-19 against the Reds since Citi Field opened in 2009.
2023: 1-2 2022: 5-1 History: 300-329
@NY: 0-0 @NY: 3-0 @NY: 164-154
@CIN: 1-2 @CIN: 2-1 @CIN: 136-175

X MARK’S THE SPOT: In 13 games since his return from the 10-Day IL, Mark Vientos has posted a .500 SLG with an .827 OPS…He has recorded four extra-base hits, five RBI with a .327 OBP.

I DON’T WANT TO ROCK, DJ: Over his last 22 games, DJ Stewart is batting .321 (26-81) with 14 runs, six doubles, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and a 1.140 OPS…In 45 games this year, Stewart is batting .270 (33-122) with 17 runs, eight doubles, 11 home runs, 26 RBI, 11 walks, a .348 OBP and a .607 SLG…Stewart recorded a career-high 12 home runs in 100 games with Baltimore in 2021.

💯: Pete Alonso became the fourth player in Mets history to record three or more seasons with 100 or more RBI…He has previously recorded two seasons with 100 RBI (120 in 2019 and 131 in 2022)…David Wright is the franchise leader with five such seasons…Carlos Beltrán and Darryl Strawberry also recorded three seasons each… Alonso’s 489 RBI since he entered the league in 2019 are the most in the major leagues…He is second in the majors and in the NL with 109 RBI.

FOR PETE’S SAKE: Pete Alonso has recorded his third season with 40 or more home runs…He became the fifth player in major league history with three or more
seasons of 40 or more homers in their first five years, joining Ralph Kiner (four), Ryan Howard (three), Albert Pujols (three) and Eddie Mathews (three)…He is theonly player in franchise history with multiple seasons of 40 or more home runs…He is tied for second in the majors and is second in the National League with 44 home runs…Alonso’s 190 home runs since he entered the league in 2019 are the most in the major leagues.

30-FOR-30: Lindor has recorded 33 doubles and 26 home runs this season…He is looking to become the 12th player in franchise history to record a 30/30 season… The last player to accomplish that feat was Pete Alonso in 2019…He has stolen 26 bases this year…He is looking to become the fourth player in franchise history to record 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 30 steals in a single-season.

LINSANITY: Over his last 75 games, Francisco Lindor is batting .287 (81-282) with 58 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 43 RBI, 32 walks, 20 steals with a
.368 OBP, a .513 SLG and an .876 OPS…Lindor has stolen a career-high 26 bases this season.

STARTING PITCHER – DAVID PETERSON LHP #23
2023 STATS: 3-8, 5.34 ERA

LAST TIME OUT: Threw 6.0 innings in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to the Twins at Target Field on September 9…Allowed three runs on eight hits while allowing just one walk…Struck out a season-high-tying eight batters…Suffered the loss.

SEEING RED(S): Tonight, Peterson will make his third career appearance against the Reds…Peterson owns a career 0-1 record against Cincinnati, posting a 9.00 ERA (7 ER/7.0 IP) over two starts…Peterson last faced the Reds in Cincinnati earlier this season, allowing seven runs and striking out four over 3.1 innings…This will be Peterson’s first time facing the Reds at home.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: In his start on August 27, Peterson pitched a season-high 7.0 innings…Was the fourth time in his career that he has pitched 7.0 or more innings…Peterson has only gone deeper in a start once in his career, throwing 7.1 innings in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on May 14, 2023…In those starts, Peterson owns a 1-0 record.

MAKIN’ IT MAJOR: Since returning to the majors on June 27 after a stint with Syracuse (AAA), Peterson has pitched to a 2-2 record with a 3.42 ERA (21 ER/55.1 IP) in 16 games, ten of which were starts.

A MINUTE IN THE MINORS: Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on April 29, was recalled on May 9, then optioned again on May 16…In his first start with Syracuse following his May 16 option, he dealt 8.0 shutout innings, allowed just two hits and struck out nine…For his effort, he as named International League Pitcher of the Week…All told, he has made seven starts for the Syracuse Mets this season…Has a 1-2 record with a 4.86 ERA (20 ER/37.0 IP).

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: This season, Peterson has pitched to a 3.18 ERA (16 ER/45.1 IP) in 12 home outings (eight starts)…Over 12 road outings (ten starts) this season, the southpaw has pitched to a 7.35 ERA (40 ER/49.0 IP).

LETHAL LEFTY: Peterson has limited lefties to a .240 (66-275) average in his career…He whiffed 32 of the 96 left-handed batters he faced last year, a 33 percent strikeout rate that ranked fourth among all left-handed pitchers to face a minimum of 90 LHB in 2022.

SLIP ‘N’ SLIDE: Peterson held batters to a .175 (24-137) average with his slider last season and 78 of his 126 strikeouts came on the pitch…His 52.0 slider-strikeout percentage was the second-highest in MLB (min. 150 PA) behind only teammate Edwin Díaz (54.7) and his 47.9 whiff percentage with the pitch was the third- highest in the majors behind only Díaz (54.7) and Seattle’s Andres Muñoz (50.8).

STRIKE ‘EM OUT, STRIKE ‘EM OUT: Peterson struck out at least five batters in 11 straight starts from June 20-September 9 last season, the second-longest streak by a left-handed starter last season…It was the sixth-longest streak by a Mets left-handed starter in franchise history…Peterson had 82 strikeouts across 58.2 innings during that span (13 G/11 GS) good for a 12.58 K/9 ratio.

Mikey Balhan Sports

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